(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) He had concealed the capsules, which contained 1.25kg cocaine, in his bowel when he entered the country through the Dubai Airport.
The Dubai Criminal Court has sentenced two men to 10 years in jail and slapped a fine of Dh50,000 each for smuggling and trafficking narcotics in two separate cases.
The court on Monday sentenced one of the accused, an African visitor, to 10 years in jail to be followed by deportation after he was found guilty of smuggling 78 cocaine capsules into the country.
He had concealed the capsules, which contained 1.25kg cocaine, in his bowel when he entered the country through the Dubai Airport.
The court also found guilty a 26-year-old Gulf student, who was arrested with almost 500g of hashish.
The first case was reported in June 2013, when a woman customs officer at Dubai Airport Terminal 3 spotted the accused, identified as D.Sh, 34, who was behaving in a suspicious manner. She informed her superiors, who subjected the suspect to a body scan, following which they spotted "odd material" in his gut. Anti-narcotics officers were called in, who recovered the cocaine from his body and referred him to the Prosecution.
The second case goes back to February 2012, when anti-narcotics officers received information from a reliable source about a Gulf citizen with half a kilo of hashish.
An undercover agent was deployed to strike a deal with the suspect, M.S.S., 26. M.S.S. told the undercover policeman that he would sell the drug for Dh11,000. A deal was fixed and they agreed to carry out the handover at a hotel on Shaikh Zayed Road.
After arranging the legal documents and an arrest warrant, the police officers arrested the man red-handed during the handover.
The policemen recovered the cash from the pocket of the accused and seized the hashish.
On questioning him, he said the hashish belonged to another person. The accused later tested positive for narcotics.